The Jon Fosse Phenomenon
In the framework of the Fosse Festival
Join a conversation with Ola Bø, a playwright of the Norwegian Theatre, Fosse's personal editor Cecilie Seiness, and Kari Holtan, director of De Utvalgte ("Selected") Theatre on the occasion of the presentation of a collection of plays by Jon Fosse, When an Angel Crosses the Stage (Genre imprint of ACT publishers). Also participating are translators Yelena Rachinskaya, Vera Dyakonova and Alla Rybikova.
Jon Fosse is an outstanding Norwegian playwright, writer, poet, essayist and translator. He is an Honorary Doctor of the University of Bergen, holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and sociology, and a doctorate in literary criticism. He writes in Nynorsk (New Norse language), one of the forms of modern literary Norwegian.
He has written 14 novels, including Melancholy I (1995), Melancholy II (1996), Morning and Evening (2000), Trilogy, a series of novels (2007-2015), numerous poetry collections and 37 plays.
Fosse is a laureate of more than 40 awards, including the Northern Council Literature Prize, the Ibsen International Theatre Award, the Chevalier of the National Order of France (For Merit), and is a commander of the Norwegian Royal Order of St. Olaf.
Fosse's dramatic technique relies on the principles of repetition and variation, similar to the principles of constructing a musical work, wherein pauses carry a special semantic load. Punctuation marks are not accidental - in one of his essays Fosse declares the period "the enemy of thought." Like any real poetry, his drama breaks free from the framework of an unambiguous concept. "My score is the outline of a kind of universe, where sound and tone are clearly defined, and the task of directors and actors is to perform it on stage," writes Fosse.
Fosse's plays have been staged by such outstanding European directors as: Thomas Ostermeier, Claude Régy, Falk Richter, and Eirik Stubø. In Russia, he has been staged by Klim, Yury Butusov, Farid Bikchantaev, Alexei Slyusarchuk, Alexander Ogaryov, and Joel Lehtonen.
The meeting will be conducted by Kristina Matvienko, curator of the School of Contemporary Spectators and Listeners at the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre. In Norwegian with Russian translation.
Admission is free with advanced registration on TimePad.ru